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Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Athletics-Johnson scandal still reverberates

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Seoul airport was engulfed by
frenzied camera crews, fans and private security personnel to
mark the arrivals of Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson for the 1988
Olympics.

Comparisons with the hype and hoopla accompanying Muhammad
Ali’s arrival in various foreign capitals to defend his world
heavyweight title in the two previous decades were inevitable.

Jul 30, 2012

Swimming: French literature lover wins second gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Yannick Agnel, a 20-year-old Frenchman who reads the poetry of Charles Baudelaire between races to relax, produced a second performance in his country’s best romantic traditions at the Olympic pool on Monday.

Agnel had swum a remarkable final leg on the previous evening to overhaul American Ryan Lochte and seize an unexpected men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay gold medal for France.

Jul 30, 2012

French literature lover wins second gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Yannick Agnel, a 20-year-old Frenchman who reads the poetry of Charles Baudelaire between races to relax, produced a second performance in his country’s best romantic traditions at the Olympic pool on Monday.

Agnel had swum a remarkable final leg on the previous evening to overhaul American Ryan Lochte and seize an unexpected men’s 4×100 meters freestyle relay gold medal for France.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Swimming-French literature lover wins second gold

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Yannick Agnel, a 20-year-old
Frenchman who reads the poetry of Charles Baudelaire between
races to relax, produced a second performance in his country’s
best romantic traditions at the Olympic pool on Monday.

Agnel had swum a remarkable final leg on the previous
evening to overhaul American Ryan Lochte and seize an unexpected
men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay gold medal for France.

Jul 30, 2012

Champions rise and dynasties fade

LONDON (Reuters) – An Olympic tale of rise, decline and fall is unfolding on the fields, pools and boards at the London Games even though competition is only just getting into full swing.

The early casualties include Michael Phelps, winner of a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, who has a solitary silver medal after two of his seven races.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Champions rise and dynasties fade

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – An Olympic tale of rise, decline
and fall is unfolding on the fields, pools and boards at the
London Games even though competition is only just getting into
full swing.

The early casualties include Michael Phelps, winner of a
record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, who has a
solitary silver medal after two of his seven races.

Jul 29, 2012

Swimming: Lochte upstaged by French speed

LONDON (Reuters) – Ryan Lochte, the new face of American men’s swimming, was upstaged by an astonishing relay leg from France’s Yannick Agnel on Sunday, the day after defeating Michael Phelps at the London Olympics.

The U.S. coaches, influenced by Lochte’s victory over eight times Beijing gold medalist Phelps in the 400 meters individual medley, gave the new champion the anchor leg in the 4×100 meters relay.

Jul 29, 2012

Lochte upstaged by French speed

LONDON (Reuters) – Ryan Lochte, the new face of American men’s swimming, was upstaged by an astonishing relay leg from France’s Yannick Agnel on Sunday, the day after defeating Michael Phelps at the London Olympics.

The U.S. coaches, influenced by Lochte’s victory over eight times Beijing gold medallist Phelps in the 400 metres individual medley, gave the new champion the anchor leg in the 4×100 metres relay.

Jul 29, 2012

Kobe Bryant relishes Olympic experience

LONDON (Reuters) – First Lady Michelle Obama joined a raucous crowd applauding the great entertainers of the Olympic Games on Sunday as her country’s men’s basketball team started their campaign with a spectacular display against France.

Kobe Bryant, the highest earner in the NBA, was prominent in a team of millionaires who delighted a diverse audience at the Olympic Park in one of London’s more deprived areas during their 98-71 victory.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Basketball-Bryant relishes Olympic experience

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – U.S First Lady Michelle Obama
joined a raucous crowd applauding the great entertainers of the
Olympic Games on Sunday as her country’s men’s basketball team
started their campaign with a spectacular display against
France.

Kobe Bryant, the highest earner in the NBA, was prominent in
a team of millionaires who delighted a diverse audience at the
Olympic Park in one of London’s more deprived areas during their
98-71 victory.

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